BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Quinton Ray of Middle Creek High School has signed an athletics grant-in-aid with Campbell University, head men's basketball coach Kevin McGeehan announced Monday.
A 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard from nearby Angier, Ray is the first signee under McGeehan, who was hired last month. Ray averaged 12.5 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals per game last season for Coach David Kushner's Mustangs, who finished 19-9 overall and 13-3 in the Tri-9 4-A Conference.
A three-time all-conference performer, including a two-time first-team selection, Ray scored 1.031 points in his career. His team shared the Tri-9 title in 2013, was runner-up in 2012 and won the conference championship in 2011.
He participated three times in Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge and is a member of the Garner Road Bulldogs AAU program that has produced the likes of NBA All-Star David West and 2010 NBA No.-1 overall pick John Wall.
Ray also earned all-conference honors for the Mustangs football team as a wide receiver. He was a first-team all-league choice last fall while helping Middle Creek win its league championship and earn a No.-2 overall seed in the 4-AA state playoffs. His father, Kendall, is an assistant football coach at Middle Creek.
"Quinton is a tremendous athlete and a good dribbler and passer," said McGeehan. "At some point, I think he's really going to be able to guard because he's so strong. He's a super-nice kid, who is going to add depth at guard, which is really going to help."
Ray chose Campbell after considering Ohio, Tennessee Tech and Winthrop.
Ray joins a Fighting Camel program that has called the 3095-seat Gore Arena inside the Pope Convocation Center home since November 2008. Over the last five years, the Camels have amassed a 48-24 (.667) record at the facility.
Campbell returns nine of its top 10 scorers and rebounders from 2012-13, when the Camels finished 13-20 overall and third in the Big South Conference North Division (7-9). Among the returning players are all-conference point guard Trey Freeman and rising senior power forward Marvelle Harris.